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Reflection

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Chris Lowney, formerly a Jesuit seminarian, later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He served on J.P. Morgan's Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Investment Banking Management Committees. His first book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, was the #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine. It has been translated into ten languages. He is also author of Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World, and A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain, which was nominated for La Corónica award. Chris was featured in the PBS-aired documentary, Cities of Light, which echoed many of the book’s key themes. He currently serves on the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, a healthcare system comprising more than 70 hospitals across the United States. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. He is holder of five honorary Doctoral degrees. In 2009, Lowney was asked to serve as the Volunteer President of Jesuit Commons, a start up project that attempted two pioneering initiatives, one to serve refugee communities through online-enabled university education, and the second, to create a “virtual commons” online, where different parts of the Jesuit network could collaborate, share resources and generate financial resources for worthy projects. In 2012, Lowney has stepped away from his leadership of Jesuit Commons. Marie Friedemann, General Editor of Jesuit Higher Education, asked Chris Lowney to reflect on the Jesuit Commons and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, as well as the future of the two initiatives.

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